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NIH City College of San Francisco/Skyline College/San Francisco State University

Bridges to Baccalaureate Program

 
  
Purpose of the Program: This program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the agency of the Federal government that oversees research in the biomedical sciences. Through the "Bridges to the Baccalaureate" program, the NIH supports partnerships between community colleges and four-year institutions, with the aim of encouraging students from groups underrepresented in the biomedical sciences to earn their Ph.D. degree and become biomedical scientists. As a first step toward this goal, Bridges prepares students to transfer and earn a bachelors degree from a 4-year school. City College of San Francisco and Skyline College offer the “Bridges” program in partnership with San Francisco State University (SFSU). (While participants are encouraged to consider programs at SFSU, students are free to transfer to other 4-year schools.)
 
During the 1st Summer in the Program, students participate in 2 activities, the Academic Success and Leadership Workshop and Directed Research:
In the 5-day Academic Success and Leadership Workshop held at SFSU, students will discuss and develop their personal strategies for academic success. This workshop will be run by Dr. Frederick Moore, author of “Finding Your North”, a self-help guide to preparing for careers in biomedical science.
 
In the Directed Research Program, students will take part in a 7-week class investigation of biological questions in molecular biology and physiology. Directed Research will be held at SFSU and will be run by Dr. Sally Pasion (Biology Department, SFSU) and Dr. Chantilly Munson (Biology Department, CCSF).
 
At the conclusion of Directed Research, students will prepare a poster of their research and present it at the SFSU Summer Research Symposium held in early August.
 
Students will receive support for participation in the summer program.
 
During the 2nd Summer in the Program, students participate in Independent Research and the Doctoral Prep Workshop. As an Independent Research intern, students conduct a research project under the supervision of a faculty member from SFSU. The process of selecting a faculty mentor is done in consultation between the student and Dr. Steve Weinstein, program co-director, to match student and faculty research interests. Internships run for an 8-week period.
 
The Doctoral Prep Workshop at SFSU is designed to help students consider careers in biomedical research. The workshop meets once per week during the 8-week internship.
 
At the conclusion of the internship, students give a 10-minute Powerpoint presentation of their research at the SFSU Summer Research Symposium held in early August.
 
Students will also present their research at either the SACNAS or ABRCMS national meetings in the fall.
 
Students will receive support for participation in the summer program.
 
During the Academic Year, activities include a weekly seminar series held at Skyline College and CCSF, independent research, academic tutoring and advising. 
 

NIH City College of San Francisco/Skyline College/San Francisco State University

Bridges to Baccalaureate Program

Administration

Steve Weinstein, Ph.D.
Bridges Co-Director
Department of Biology
SFSU
(415) 338-1843
weinst-sfsu-dot-edu
Ron Drucker, Ph.D.
Bridges Co-Director
Chemistry Department
CCSF
(415) 239-3389
rdrucker-at-ccsf-dot-edu
Stephen Fredricks, Ph.D.
Skyline Program Coordinator
Math Department
Skyline College 
(650) 738-4244
fredrickss-at-smccd-dot-edu
Angélica Pérez
Program Assistant
Department of Biology
SFSU
(415) 405-2114
angelica-at-sfsu-dot-edu
 
 
To view materials for each week, click on links below
Orientation - Monday 6/8/2015
Weeks 1- 4 Instructor Sally Pasion
Weeks 5 - 8 Instructor Chantilly Apollon
 
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Group Photo of Bridges Directed Research Program 2015 students
 
 
 
 
Bridges 2014 students
Group Photo of Bridges Directed Research Program 2014 students
 
 
 
2013 Bridges Directed Workshop students
Group Photo of Bridges Directed Research Program 2013 students
 
 
Group Photo of Bridges Directed Research Program 2012 students
 
 
Group Photo of Bridges Directed Research Program 2011 students
 
 bridges 201 group photo
Group Photo of Bridges Directed Research Program 2010 students
 
 
Group Photo of Bridges Directed Research Program 2009 students
 
 
Group Photo of Summer 2008 Participants
Group Photo of Summer 2007 Participants 
 
 
 
 
 
 
updated 7/29/13